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    September14,2012 TexasPremierOutdoorNewspaper Volume9,Issue2

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    Dove opener brings mixed


    By John KeithLone Star outdoor newS

    Like a holiday, the fi rst of September brings plenty of hunters to the fi elds and many dove hitting the dirt.But Tropical Storm Isaac

    may have had a negative impact on what shaped up to be an above-average opener.I think Isaac, with all

    the wind that came out of the north, pushed some birds off of us, said Forrest Armke of Ford Ranch in Menard County. Where power lines had been solid with dove before, there would only be eight or 10 birds.Despite the poorly timed

    change in weather, Armke said some hunters still had good luck.It was spotty, but good,

    and most people got their limits, he said. Some places were outstanding, and some not so good.Armke said hunters fi lled

    about 10 percent of their bag with whitewings, and the rest were mourning dove. The best hunting was before sundown.The main event is the

    last hour, he said. We may hunt a little bit all day, but the best hunting here is the last hour in the afternoon.Farther east, Robert

    Steenbeke of 1A Hunting echoed the report of inconsistent action.In Lacy Lakeview, the

    mornings were slow, but the afternoons were great, he said. Its a pass-shoot on the whitewings that live in Waco when they go out in the mornings they go out real high, and in the afternoon they have the extra ounce of food in them and they fl y lower.Steenbeke also had

    hunters in Frost, located in Navarro County, target-ing birds over milo stubble.

    A FREE MEAL: Dolphins, like this one that snatched a red snapper after the fi sh had been released, can be a headache for coastal anglers trying to bring fi sh up from the bottom. Photo by Conor Harrison, LSON.

    Dont eat my fi sh!

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    Guide catches 30,000th fi sh on his boat.Page 11

    Lucky #30,000 FISHING

    Early teal prospects excellent.Page 4

    Teal rising

    Lake Naconiche open for business.Page 11

    New lake for anglers

    Where is your money being spent?Page 38

    TPWD budget


    By Conor HarrisonLone Star outdoor newS

    The big boat pulled up to a wreck in 250 feet of water off of Freeport.

    This is a great spot if the dolphins arent here, yelled Capt. Kenneth Doxey from the tuna tower. If they show up,

    Flipper a major headache for

    offshore anglers See FLIPPER, Page 22

    Cool front, north windsscatter birds in some areas

    See DOVE OPENER, Page 20

    Year-round crossbows

    BIRDS AND GRINS: Waylan Owens of Boerne smiles after he downs a bird opening weekend. The hunting was spotty in areas of the state thanks to a cold front and an abundance of food and water. Photo by David J. Sams, Lone Star Outdoor News.

    By Conor HarrisonLone Star outdoor newS

    Easy to shoot.Longer hunting season.New challenge.All of the above are reasons some

    Texas hunters are switching to cross-

    See CROSSBOWS, Page 26

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    By John KeithLone Star outdoor newS

    For years, varmint hunters have utilized red lights to spotlight predators at night without spook-ing the animals.But new techniques are chal-

    lenging the normal strategies of

    nighttime lighting.Chris Robinson, of Sherman, is

    a member of the Carnivore Night Crew which produces television shows and DVDs on predator hunt-ing, hunts purely with white lights.Everybody, when they get into

    night hunting, has got to drink the red Kool-Aid at one time or

    another, he said. If these guys saw how much white light we got on these animals, theyd never hunt with a red spotlight again.Robinson said the crew wanted

    a way to fi lm better at night, which

    led to trying a white spotlight.We said were going to call one

    up and hes either going to run out of the country, or run into the truck, he said. And the fi rst coy-ote we called up acted like he never

    even noticed the light.The team did notice a higher

    number of animals pulling up on the edge of the fi elds, but due to the bright white lights, they found it wasnt an issue.With the ones hanging up

    because it wasnt being fi ltered, the shooter had enough light to see the animal through the scope and have a shot, he said. While those guys with red lights are limited to 100 to 150 yards shooting, we have 60 to 70 million candle power on these animals. If they hang up at 300 yards it doesnt matter, theyre going in the truck.Robinson said they saw about

    a 50 percent increase in kills once they started using the white lights, because the hunters could see so

    Looking toward teal

    By John KeithLone Star outdoor newS

    Waterfowlers who want to knock off some rust before the full duck season opens can turn to early teal season for practice.For Wharton County guide

    Bill Sherrill, the opener cant come soon enough.To be conservative, I saw

    10,000 teal this morning, which is strong, he said. Its mostly all bluewings, but there are some greenwings, and more pintails than youd think.Sherrill follows a simple rule

    to attract the ducks.Theyre waterfowl, so if you

    dont have any water, then you dont have any waterfowl, he said. I have 700 acres of water, and have been running four wells at one time for more than a week.The dry conditions in states

    north of Texas have Sherrill look-ing forward to the early season.It ought to be a real strong

    season because theres no water above us, he said. And with bluewings up 20 percent from last year, whoever has water is going to be covered up.To keep the birds around

    throughout teal season, Sherrill has a strategy.You have to try and hunt so

    as not to run the birds off, he said. The trick is to get in and out as fast as you can because

    that does the least amount of damage, and then the pond can rest.The speed of teal, along with

    their willingness to decoy, are two of Sherrills favorite things about the birds.Theyre so friendly, they just

    come right in, he said. If we ever need a kitchen in our blind, then Im quitting hunting.If you dont have your teal

    in the fi rst hour, you might as well pick up because theyre through.Farther north, Lance Stancik

    of Backwater Waterfowl in La Grange is also seeing solid numbers of teal.A lot of birds are sitting in

    second crop rice, as they usu-

    Early migrators offer fast and furious shooting

    Pros and cons of red vs. white

    See TEAL, Page 14

    See PREDATOR, Page 24

    Its a time to sit in the shade, knock down a few birds with friends before knocking back a couple of cold drinks at the camphouse after the hunt.Dove season in Texas is all about family and friends enjoying the outdoors. The fi rst two weeks of the Texas season has seen mixed results, with lots of birds but also lots of food and water. Some people reported great

    action on opening weekend, while others struggled for shots. By the second week of the season, some success was still being reported, but many of the birds are already fl ying higher and moving to less pressured fi elds. A few more cold fronts to push birds south will help replenish the hunting areas as the season progresses. Photos by David J. Sams, LSON.

    Dove season in Texas

    GOOD GROUP: Hunters with access to shallow ponds or fl ooded fi elds are reporting higher numbers of teal than waterfowlers in other areas. Photo by Backwater Waterfowl.

    BRIGHT LIGHT: Using white light up to 70 million candle power, the Carnivore Night Crew has had no trouble staying away from red lights. Photo by Carnivore.

    Shining a light on predator hunting

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    Counties stepping up feral hog eradication efforts

    Counties across Texas are buying into the Texas Department of Agriculture Hog Out County Grant Program designed to make a concerted effort to reduce feral hogs in their areas.Last week, Hays and

    Caldwell counties became the latest to apply for the program, with Hays County commis-sioners approving $1,500 for a bounty program. The county, in conjunction with Plum Creek Watershed Partnership, will pay $2 per tail for any hogs killed in the county.We developed a plan for

    the protection of the Plum Creek watershed and hog control is a part of that plan, said Nick Dornak, Plum Creek Watershed coordina-tor. Hog Out is a good pro-gram to help counties with eradication efforts. When we introduced the program,

    we thought we needed an incentive. That is where the bounty came in.Dornak presented his idea

    to the commissioners, and they agreed to put up the bounty.It will run October

    through December, and the more hogs we get, the higher we can go in the grant com-petition, Dornak said. More than 20 counties par-